Edwin James group expands apprenticeship programme08 February 2021

Alex Mackay, who completed his apprenticeship in August 2020

Edwin James Group is launching a programme to expand its apprenticeship scheme from 10-15% of the total workforce over the next two years.

The move marks National Apprenticeship Week and forms part of its ambitious growth plans.

The company is a national facilities, technical and process services group which operates throughout the UK with offices and service centres in Burton on Trent, Swadlincote, Louth, Newcastle, Peterborough, Daresbury, Tapton, Reading and Mildenhall, Glasgow, Aberdeen, Inverness.

The company’s chief executive, Derek Smith, started his career as an apprentice and believes the scheme is vital to the future of the business, and to developing the next generation of management talent.

Smith said: “We are very proud of the continued success and growth of our apprenticeship scheme. It continues to go from strength-to-strength with talented people now developing their careers in all parts of the business.

“We have a strong track record of supporting young people into the sector, and with the expansion of our apprenticeship scheme, this is set to continue. But not all our apprentices follow the traditional path, joining at 16 or 18. We have many success stories of colleagues that join the group and move into an apprenticeship or training and qualifications later in their careers.”

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